I will be going to Kemer at the end of June, for the first time as well. I have done Cancun (21x) and Turks (21x). I spoke with the Turkish Consulate in New York. They said the cost of a visa is $45.00. Of course, speaking with them is like talking with Turkish Airlines. You can never get a straight answer a question. You can also get a visa at their consulate, assuming you are in an area where they have a consulate.
I have spoken with "sunshine007" who has given me lots of info. Don't forget to bring an electrical adapter if you have a cell phone, Ipod/Iphone or razor to charge. Don't forget that once you arrive in Istanbul you have the connecting flight to Antalya and then an hour and 15 minute ride to the village.
If you plan on using the Internet, Wi-fi in the village is very bad. I've been told there are internet cafes about 2 minutes away by taxi or a 10 minute walk. If you are bringing your cell phone make sure to check, in advance, what the rate will be. With AT&T and their international plan Turks is $1.49 per minute. Turkey is $1.99 a minute. Don't forget that since the Wi-Fi signal is bad, if you are bringing a Blackberry or Iphone remember... you pay separately for usage. You most likely will not get signal for a laptop. If you intend on using a Iphone or Blackberry you may want to check with your carrier if they have a rate package. I know AT&T does.
Of course there is also the currency difference. As Sunshine007 says, yes be prepared for French. I don't speak French English. English should also be widely spoken, so I am told. If not, we will make it so. I also know several G.O.'s that will be there and they speak English, as does Duda.
The word is that after being on the plane for a couple of hours, they will feed you and then try to fall asleep so the 7 hour time difference doesn't hit so hard. Of course traveling back, with the time difference I am told will be worse. As with you, my flying times have also been short.
Have you reserved your seatson the planes? After finding out the types of planes you will be traveling on, I suggest you go to www.seatguru.com
and check out Turkish Airlines and the type of planes you will be traveleing on to see the layout of the planes. Do you have your E-ticket #? If not, get it from your travel agent or Club Med, if you booked directly through them. You will need it when you call Turkish Airlines to reserve a seat, preferably the ones with two seats together as opposed to sitting 4 in the middle. The layout of the plane from NY to Istanbul is usually 2,4,2. When you call Turkish Air, press #1 for English after going to the Reservations portion, click on the "make reservation". When the person answers the telephone it will be answered in Turkish. At that moment simply state "English Please" and they will switch you to someone who speaks English or some variation of it.
If you like to adhere to the evening dress codes All White and Elegant are a given. I have E-mailed the village to find out the rest of the week's code, if you are into it and will advise.
The following is a link for Kemer taken a few weeks ago.http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/mNR1YahO/1411682/3885813
When you get back, let me know how it was.
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